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Easy Chili Crisp Dipping Sauce for Dumplings

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This easy dipping sauce for dumplings is seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic and one of the hottest condiments in town — chili crisp (pun intended)! Enjoy with your favorite homemade or frozen dumplings.

dumplings in a platter surrounded by dipping sauce

Easy Dumpling Dipping Sauce

Asian dumplings in every variety and shape are delicious and one of our favorite things (I say that about a lot of foods, don’t I?) — each country, region and home cook delivering different flavors, techniques and traditions.

I grew up enjoying (and still do), my mom’s nuoc mam, a Vietnamese dipping sauce with a fish sauce base that we eat with nearly everything she dishes up. But, when we go for dumplings, it’s a soy-based sauce that we turn to.

Most dumpling sauces begin (and sometimes end) with soy sauce and vinegar, then are flavored with a variety of other items depending on the region or preferences of the cook. Heck, even mom’s nuoc mam changes depending on what she has stocked…or how spicy she’s feeling! 

Today, I’m sharing my own version of dumpling sauce, seasoned with sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic, a little brown sugar and chili crisp!

a single dumpling garnished with chili crisp

How to Make Chili Crisp Dipping Sauce

STEP 1: In 1-cup measuring cup, measure out vegetable broth, coconut aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce), rice vinegar, brown sugar and chili crisp. Set it aside.

STEP 2: Peel and mince a small clove of garlic. Peel a 3/4” cube of fresh ginger and grate it on a microplane. You should end up with about 1 tsp of each.

STEP 3: In a small saucepan, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant. Take care not to burn the garlic. 

STEP 4: Carefully pour the broth mixture into the pan and cook it for 2 to 3 minutes to dissolve the brown sugar and warm the sauce through. 

The hardest part about this recipe is mincing garlic and grating ginger. Otherwise, how easy is it that?

pouring dumpling sauce over gyoza
flatlay image of dumplings in dipping sauce, steamed rice and green beans

Ways to Serve Dipping Sauce with Dumplings

Family Style

I place dumplings on a platter, pour a sea of sauce around them, then garnish the dish with sliced scallions, toasted sesame seeds and few strategic drops of additional chili crisp.

This is a great family style way to serve them up as everyone can pluck their own right from the dish. The dumplings will soak up a bit of the sauce, but you can spoon on more before each bite! 

For a complete meal, serve alongside some steamed rice and stir fried vegetables.

On the Side

You can also serve the sauce on the side in individual dipping bowls or in a small pitcher that everyone can pour from.

Get Fancy

As part of a tasting menu or hors d’oeuvres for a party, place a dumpling in a single serve spoon or dish and pour the dipping sauce right over. Garnish as you like.

dipping sauce and dumplings with green beans in background
a single dumpling speared with chop sticks

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gyoza in a platter surrounded by dipping sauce

Easy Chili Crisp Dipping Sauce for Dumplings

Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller
This easy dipping sauce for dumplings is seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic and one of the hottest condiments in town — chili crisp (pun intended)! Enjoy with your favorite homemade or frozen dumplings.
Prep time.5 minutes
Cook time.5 minutes
Total time.10 minutes
Number of servings.4
Calories per serving.328 kcal



  • ½ cup vegetable broth, low-sodium
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos, or low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • teaspoon chili crisp, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced, from 1 small clove
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled + grated, from a ¾" cube
  • 16 ounce fresh or frozen dumplings, gyoza, potstickers, shumai, etc.
  • toasted sesame seeds + sliced scallions, to garnish


  • Combine vegetable broth, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, brown sugar and chili crisp in a bowl or measuring cup.
  • In a small saucepan, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add garlic & ginger and saute for about a minute, being careful that the garlic does not burn.
  • Pour in the broth mixture and cook for 2 to 3 minutes to warm the sauce and dissolve the sugar. Set this aside.
  • Prepare the dumplings per the package instructions. Transfer to a serving dish. Pour the sauce all around the dumplings or serve on the side in a separate bowl.
  • Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions if using.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 1002mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords.stove top, vegetarian
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  1. Well this sauce looks delicious! And now I really want dumplings haha. I will need to try this sauce next time we have some, I just love a good dipping sauce!

  2. This sauce looks so delicious! We got a similar sauce on wantons we bought from Costco once, but I am sure this is a thousand times better!

  3. Yum! This sounds amazing! I always hate the little packets that come in frozen packages of dumplings and I’ve always wanted to try making my own. Definitely trying!

  4. Dumplings are one of my favourite foods! This sauce looks amazing and I’ve never thought to serve the dumplings in a platter with the sauce swimming around it. What a great alternative to simply having it in a separate dipping bowl!